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SPAINespanaSPAINSPAINCommonly used Spanishwords and phrasesA Brief Guide To TheSpanish Language/EspagnolSpanish is sometimes referred to as Castilian after Castile the reSpanishis sometimes referred to as Castilian after Castile the regionwhere the language originated from. Latin and Arabic had a biginfluence on this language. Spanish is the world’s second languagespoken as a first language with about 329 million native speakers.It is the most popular foreign language to learn in Europe.Approximately 100 million people speak Spanish as a secondlanguage. It is one of the world’s most phonetic languages so ifyou know how a Spanish word is spelt you will know how it is pronounced.Spanish is the fourth most geographically widely spokenlanguage spanning 44 countries. It is an official language of theUN, EU and other international organisations. Spanish is the officiallanguage of Spain, where it is mainly spoken, and can be foundspoken in certain areas of the UK, Andorra and France.ProfileCapital: MadridCurrency: EuroEstimated Population: 47, 042, 984Famous Landmark: Sagrada FamiliaNational Dish: Paella – rice dish with meat and vegetablesHolaCómo estásEstoy bienNo sePerdonNo entiendoDesculpeGraciasDonde estaEl dineroSi/NoAdiosHelloHow are youI’m fineI don’t knowSorryI don’t understandExcuse meThank youWhere isMoneyYes/NoGoodbye690 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 691

SPAIN694 All About Spain702 Deco Apartments706 Hi. This Is Barcelona714 Barcelona Bride Week716 DestinationBCN Apartment Suitesin Barcelona744 L’Alternativaq Barcelona746 Golf In Spain750 Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail754 Toursevilla - Seville762 Best Spas In Spain706740718 Basque Tours - Basque Country726 Papa Serra – Culinary Adventures inBarcelona732 Granada740 Hotel Sindika742 Borda Aranzazu770 Valencia Fashion Week772 The Catalunya Circuit - Barcelona774 Lemon Valley Holidays - Andalusia782 All About The Canary Islands784 Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real746784692 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 693

All AboutSpainMadridSPAINWith its wealth of architectural delights—from the stunning Royal Palace to the exquisitemedieval finery of its many churches—Madrid is rightly proud of a generous cultural heritage.But the old and the new go hand-in-hand in this cosmopolitan city which boastssome of the world’s most vibrant nightlife.SPAINArt for art’s sake...If you’re an art lover, the El Prado Museum houses one of the finest collections ofEuropean art to be found anywhere, with nearly 20,000 paintings, drawings, printsand sculptures. Works by old masters like Goya, Titian, Velázquez and Rubensare on display and regular exhibitions are held throughout the year. Modern artis well represented too, with the Reina Sofía Museum hosting many great 20thcentury works, including Picasso’s famous masterpiece Guernica. You can soakup the flavour of Madrid’s intriguing past with visits to the 2000-year-old DebodTemple, the beautiful Retiro Park and the truly opulent Royal Palace.When the sun goes down...Interested in the nightlife? Madrid doesn’t disappoint, offering a scintillating array of cafes, tapasbars, clubs and restaurants. Being a night owl is very much in Madrid’s style and those partying intothe small hours will find themselves in good company. The locals don’t hit the streets until well afterdark, and when they do the city becomes alive with the unmistakable ambience of a good nightout. Here too, Spain effortlessly blends young and old, traditional and modern. Whether you’re afterhardcore clubbing or open air flamenco, a light bite or a hearty meal, Madrid has plenty to offer.694 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 695

SPAINSPAINShop till you drop...From the mainstream to the offbeat, Madrid’s shops have something to suit alltastes. The pedestrian-only Calle Preciados plays host to many traditionalclothes and shoe shops, most of which open till 8.30 in the evening and on Sundaystoo. Along Calle Fuencarral and adjoining streets is a veritable jungle ofsmall boutiques, and the nearby area of Malasaña is fast becoming a hotspotfor unique designs and vintage clothes. If you’re after smart, international merchandisefrom the likes of Chanel, Gucci, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, thenhead for the grid of streets in the Salamanca district.ValenciaSituated on the banks of the river Turia and nestled against the warm Mediterranean,the old Roman colony of Valencia is Spain’s third largest city. This enchantingplace is renowned as the birthplace of paella. Valencia features severalbeaches just out of town and the city itself is home to many architectural gems.696 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 697

Dishy Valencia...Being the birthplace of Spain’s iconic dish, paella,means Valencia is the perfect place to eat one. AuthenticValencian paella is made with only fresh ingredientsand cooked in a special iron pan over a woodfire. Many different versions of the dish exist, with chicken,rabbit, fish and other seafood. For a good paellaexperience, book early, as it is traditionally eaten fromlunch to late afternoon and may not be served later inthe evening. A good place to try real paella is at thebeach area in Malvarrosa, where there are severalexcellent restaurants.SPAINSPAINGood Fallas...If you’re after a hot night in Spain, then put 19th March in your diary. Valencia lights up as thecity’s neighbourhoods come together to burn ceremonial monuments in honour of Saint Joseph.These fallas, or torches, are constructed by community groups throughout the year, before beingspectacularly ignited in a ceremony known as la cremà, which means “burning”. This fascinatingand ancient festival begins on March 15th and continues through five days of wall-to-wall partying,with processions, music, and fireworks throughout the city. See the fallas, watch the paradesand dance all night long.Sightseeing...Sightseers are spoilt for choice in this beautiful city. Valencia Cathedral,with its Gothic-led fusion of styles, may just be the final resting placeof the Holy Grail. The parish churches of Saint John the Baptist andEvangelist contain some of the finest frescos in Spain. Following severeflooding in the 1950s, the river Turia was diverted from the city’s centre;its original bed is now the Turia gardens, featuring fountains, playgroundsand sports fields. Valencia has a plethora of museums covering manysubjects, from prehistory to fine arts via oceanography and pottery.698 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 699

Best of the RestGran CaneriaCalled “Land of the Brave” by the Canarii settlers of over 2000 years ago, Gran Caneriais jam-packed with things to see and do—especially if you’re the outdoors type.Relax on the glittering sands of its endless beaches; enjoy the ambience of its friendlyseaside resorts; stroll the sleepy streets of its whitewashed mountainside villages. Its stupendousrange of “micro-climates” has led to this fascinating island being labelled a“miniature continent”, where dunes of bright white sand and deep, verdant ravines liveside-by-side. Almost half of the island is a protected area and there are several naturereserves and natural parks.La RiojaThe northern region bearing the name of Spain’s most famous wine is situated just belowBasque country, at the far western end of the Ebro Valley. Wine making is centred inthe town of Haro, where you can visit most of the vineyards as well as a wine museum. Ifyou’re not averse to getting a little wet then visit Haro on 29th June for its annual “winebattle”, when two sides drench each other in thousands of litres of the red stuff; otherwise,stand well back for some great photo opportunities.SPAINSPAINMallorcaMallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago in the Mediterraneanoff Spain’s eastern coast. Offering plentiful sunshine, a busy nightlife andcopious shops and restaurants, this ever-popular destination has been home toseveral notables, including Michael Douglas, Claudia Schiffer and tennis superstarRafael Nadal. It’s no surprise that olives form a staple part of the Mallorcandiet, as the island is covered in millions of olive and almond trees. Islanders areespecially proud of their traditional cuisine of sobrassada—a sausage madewith pork, paprika and other spices—and the sweet pastry ensaïmada.TenerifeOnce a poor banana-growing island, Tenerife—the largest of the Canaries—has been transformedby the air tourism that began in the 1960s. The sheer variety of its landscape is astonishing, encompassingdense forests, scenic coastlines, deserts, mountains, volcanoes and magnificent beaches.The 12,000-foot peak of Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, forms a dramatic division betweenthe island’s north and south. Drivers up for a challenge will appreciate the many winding mountainroutes accompanied by breathtaking scenery at every turn. There is a large zoo and animal parkoutside of Puerto de la Cruz, and the island is popular with go-karters, cyclists and scuba divers.700 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 701

SPAINSPAINDeco ApartmentsElegant and stylish apartments in the attic of a listed building from the 1930s. Atasteful mix of modern and art deco furnishings complement the original brickvaulted ceiling.Deco’s bright and spacious apartments have been completely refurbished and featureair-conditioning, heating and high speed Wi-Fi Internet access, as well as a fully equippedkitchen with all the appliances and utensils any aspiring chef or food enthusiast wouldneed.All the apartments include king-size beds with fresh linen, fitted bathrooms with complimentaryguest towels and safe-deposit boxes. The building also has an elevator and aconcierge service in the daytime.While the apartments provide guests with an oasis of tranquillity, their convenient locationon Avenida Diagonal, next to the charming Passeig de Gracia, are only a few steps awayfrom some of the most exclusive shops in Barcelona, as well as numerous restaurants, cafesand bars.Embedded in the grid-patterned Eixample district, birthplace of the Modernism movement,the apartments’ location is ideal to start exploring some of Barcelona’s 19th century architecturallandmarks.There is an additional unit with double bed and en-suite bathroom which can be rentedalong with any of the Deco apartments catering for an additional two guests.702 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 703

The stylish loftapartments’ location isideal to start exploringsome of Barcelona’s 19thcentury architecturallandmarks.”SPAINSPAINW www.decoapartmentsbarcelona.comTE+34 605 98 06 52info@decoapartmentsbarcelona.com704 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 705

Hi. This isBarcelonaLa BoqueriaBarcelona is often put on the map as the home to one of the greatest football teams of all-time. Aside from sports it isalso home to one of the greatest cities and friendliest people in the world. Come to Barcelona and embark upon yourvery own Catalonian adventure.Avisit to la Boqueria is a feast on the senses and a sprawling shrine to fresh produce.Even if you are travelling all inclusive we would still recommend visiting themost famous market in Europe. As you arrive at the large arched entrance youwill be overcome with awe. The scent of food from all nationalities will leave yousalivating, the vibrant colours of the fresh and candied fruits will dazzle and amaze, whilethe lively sounds of the noisy stallholders add to the charm of the overall experience. Thatis without even mentioning the succulent flavours of the tasty produce on offer.SPAINMany visitors mistake la Boqueria as being just another tourist spectacle due to its gatheringcrowds and its prime location on Las Ramblas, but that is not the case. Everyonefrom gourmet chefs to the local residents do their shopping here as many of the specialistproduce can only be found in this market place. After a few visits you will no longer bebemused by shoppers carrying entire pigs or spotting the weird and wonderful items ondisplay such as black eels and bull’s tails. It will become part and parcel of the day-todaylife.SPAINJJordan SusselmanOwner, Hi. This isBarcelonaordan took the brave step to move to Barcelona over a decade ago from San Diego,California, without a work visa, home, nor friends in that city. Since then, he has lived in manyof its diverse ‘barrios’, learned its unique language, enjoyed its delicious cuisine, attendedits festivals, traipsed through its museums and monuments, studied its past and politics, shoppedin its open markets and neighbourhood stores, sipped wine in its most charming courtyards andsmokiest bars and, of course, befriended, fallen in love with, and been adopted by more thana few of its locals along the way. In short, he has lived a true Catalonian experience, and nowhe wants to share it with you.In 2006, Jordan created Hi. This is Barcelona... in order to share his unique experience of thisextraordinary city with travellers from all over the world, promising to offer private tours of adistinct, lively and personal nature. He assembled a team of passionate and knowledgeableexpert guides and together they have become Barcelona’s top private touring company,offering uniquely authentic customised tours and activities in Barcelona, and around Spain.Expert Bio“No visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to thismarket, by far my favourite place in the entire city ofBarcelona. Though Barcelona has 44 open markets,none is quite as beautiful or quite as unique as la Boqueria.Spend some quality time in this market and besure to explore all the different areas - not just the centreaisle - and tasting the different foods along the way.”Jordan Susselman706 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 707

Local Non-Touristy NeighbourhoodsGet out of the tourist trap and experience some of the quaint local neighbourhoodsthat can be found around the outskirts of Barcelona. Walk through thenarrow cobbled streets and gaze upon the characteristic architecture foundthroughout. Gracia is home to a bohemian crowd basking in the trendy mainsquares and is the destination for many striking art nouveau buildings.Throughout these diverse districts you will encounter every type of shop: high-end designer,artsy boutique, centuries-old specialty, family-run, mainstream commercial and momn-pophole-in-the-wall. Get some retail therapy by browsing the many fabulous shopsor simply kick back and soak up the Mediterranean lifestyle in one of the cosy cafes oratmospheric bars.Moderniste ArchitectureBarcelona is a very artsy city. It is rammed full of fascinating museums and aestheticallypleasing galleries. But the best exhibition on display is the vibrant andmodern district of Eixample. Here you will find an explosion of colour and a seriesof wonderful buildings which look like they have been plucked straight out of afairy-tale.The fascinating mixture of medieval and art nouveau buildings often play second fiddleto the moderniste architecture and distinctive works of Antoni Gaudi – Barcelona’s mostfamous architect. The moderniste movement created an art form that was almost entirelyunique to Catalonia. With curved lines and rounded features, dynamism of forms, andnature-based characteristics with flowers, plants and animals – this is certainly an art formwhich stands out from the crowd.SPAINSPAINIn the evening, head to the resurgent district of Polbe Nou, where the Barcelona skyline ispierced with the architectural masterpiece known as the Torre Agbar. As the headquartersof a water company, the 38-storey skyscraper may appear to be just another officespace but at night time it is a marvellous light show for the city residents when 4,500 LEDluminous devices provide a radiant and glowing sight for those all around.“Gracia is a beautiful and quaint neighbourhood thatmost tourists don’t get to, mostly because they onlyspend a couple of days in Barcelona. Gracia is full ofpeople from all over the world, but at the same time is aone of the hubs of local Catalonian nationalism.”Jordan SusselmanThe whimsical Casa Batllo is one of the most eye-catching structures as much of thefaçade is decorated with a mosaic made of golden orange and greenish blue brokenceramic tiles while its roof has been likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. Anotherexquisite example of moderniste design is the stunningly beautiful interior at Colonia Guell.The church was designed by Gaudi, and the crypt is still considered to be one of his mostspectacular works of all time.“Stray from the main avenues such as Passeig deGracia and allow yourself to get lost on some of theEixample side streets and admire some of the fantastic“moderniste” architecture that doesn’t get mentioned inguidebooks. Try the streets of Enrique Granados,Aribau, and Calle Consell de Cent, Provenza.”Jordan Susselman708 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 709

SPAINSPAINHi. This is Barcelona...“Hi. This is Barcelona...” was born out of one American ex-pat’s desire to transmit onto other travellers his love of city explorationand his passion for the history, architecture, food and wine of Barcelona. Founded in 2006 with the goal of introducingtravellers to the REAL Barcelona in an atypical way, they custom-design private touring experiences and other activities forculturally curious travellers. Their team includes some of the most gifted official licensed tour guides in Barcelona and anarray of additional experts and specialists, who are selected not only for their knowledge and experience, but also for theirpassion for what they do.The company has grown steadily since it was founded and they now arrange customised tours around Catalonia, and in other Spanish cities as well.However, the company remains small and dedicated to offering a unique product and highly personalised customer service. Hi. This is Barcelonaspends time and energy to find the perfect tours and activities for each client, which includes pairing them with the guides they think will fit them best.They go far beyond their roles as tour guides and get to know each visitor, often keeping in touch with them for many years.Hi. This is Barcelona is committed to helping you get the most out of your stay in Barcelona and to provide you with an experience that would beimpossible to obtain on your own or with a standard, large-scale touring company.W www.hithisisbarcelona.comE hi@hithisisbarcelona.com712 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 713

arcelonaBarcelonaBrideWeekSPAINSPAINFeminineand luxuriousDesigned for every blushing bride-to be Barcelona Bride Week is now in its22nd year and it’s just getting started.Each year the event showcases the most stunning wedding and bridesmaidsdresses that Spain has to offer and believe us the Spanish do wedding dressesbetter than anyone. Embellishment, whites and pinks, trails and veils are all shown offon an army of the most gorgeous models. Celebrated designers Rosa Clara, Jesus Peiro,Ana Torres, Hannibel Laguna and Carla Ruiz all feature at Bride Week showcasing theirbillowing dresses to the fashion world. The whole week includes feminine and luxuriousshows that don’t disappoint but Bride Week isn’t afraid to make headlines. This year’sshow featured transgender model Andrej Pejic modelling for Rosa Clara.Where: Barcelona, SpainWhen: May 2013Tel: +34 932 093 639Email: info@barcelonabridalweek.comWebsite: www.moda-barcelona.com714 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 715

SPAINSPAIN“functional spaces incorporate aNordic charm with the lively soul ofthe Mediterranean, many of whichhave been featured on high-end designand architecture websites”DestinationBCN Apartment Suites in BarcelonaDestinationBCN exudes sheer elegance with its impressive modernistic The company prides themselves on exceptional customer service, which is personalisedfrom the time of booking to the actual check-in. The team remain at lunya, guests can expect to have an array of places to eat, drinkWith eleven apartments set in Ronda Universitat 11 by Plaça Cata-apartment suites that easily make one feel at home. Here, functionalspaces incorporate a Nordic charm with the lively soul of the Mediterranean,many of which have been featured on high-end design and artion.the disposal of their guests with a friendly service at a round-the-clock disposi-and visit at just a stone’s throw away.chitecture websites. Rooftop terraces are decorated with plush pillows and sunApartments: 11, including 2 penthouses.loungers to create a haven that you can escape to after the hustle and bustleof the city. The kitchens are fully equipped with state-of-the-art appliances andthe designer furniture has been carefully sourced to create a stylish environment.Complimentary cava, a list of recommended restaurants and delicious crunchychocolate biscuits are just some of the special treats that one can expect whenbooking a DestinationBCN apartment suite.Rates: €140–€350 for two people, with an extra €20–€40 a nightfor each extra person; excludes cleaning (€50–€90) and 10% tax.W www.destinationbcn.comTE+34 935 141 950info@destinationbcn.com716 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 717

Basque Toursbasque countryGuggenheim Museumin BilbaoThe Basque Country is the name given to the home of the Basque people in the western Pyrenees that spans the borderbetween France and Spain on the Atlantic coast.Considered home of Europe’s oldest culture and language, its world class gastronomy and attractions make this regionunique and different.For The Art Lovers...Out of the three Guggenheim Museums that are currently in operation you couldeasily group New York and Venice together. New York hosts Solomon R. Guggenheim’sprivate collection while Venice hosts Peggy Guggenheim’s treasuretrove. Between them, they hold some of the greatest European and Americanart of the first half of the 1900s.SPAINBilbao on the other hand offers something unique and different. Its collection spans fromthe mid-twentieth century to the present day and includes some key works by the most significantartists of this period such as Willem de Kooning, Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol.The museum concentrates on post-war painting and sculpture in America and Europe. Asa result, it is always striving to remain contemporary and relevant.SPAINFrank Gehry’s spectacular twisting titanium-clad ultra-modern and unmistakable art buildingwas hailed by architect Philip Johnson as “the greatest building of our time” and sinceits completion in 1997 it has become something of an emblem for the city of Bilbao.JJon GaldosOwner, Basque Tourson Galdos was born and raised in an inland town of the Basque Country. Sincehe was a child, he was fascinated by foreign travellers that he could see every timehe was in San Sebastian. As an adult, he travelled extensively throughout the fivecontinents, to acquire a first hand knowledge about the needs and preferences oftravellers. Upon coming back from one of those trips he took the decision to try tomake a living from his two great passions; travel and photography. He started deliveringthe first tours on weekends and on vacation, while still working as an engineerat a software company.Expert BioBasque Tours was born in 2007, offering private tours in the Basque Country makinghis dreams come true. For the last five years he showed people this wonderful andunique area, home of Europe’s oldest culture and where every day brings a newexperience. Over that time he had built up a first class knowledge of a lot of differentplaces of interest both on and off the beaten track and it will be his pleasure toguide you to the sights and experiences that you most want from your holiday. JonGaldos can deliver tours in his native Basque, Spanish and also in English.718 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 719

San SebastianFor The Food Lovers...For The Wine Lovers...La RiojaWith more Michelin star chefs per head than any other city there is little surprisethat San Sebastian is recognised as the culinary capital of Spain. Three ofthe five Michelin three star restaurants of Spain reside in San Sebastian, andthey are complemented by a great selection of restaurants that hold a further16 Michelin stars.You do not necessarily have to seek out the gourmet and haute establishments as you willsoon find that almost every gastronomic offering is both fancy and luxurious in equal measures.Saunter through the narrow streets of the historic Old Town and the colours, smellsand tastes will tempt you into the tapas bars that line the streets on your way toward thesmall marina and San Sebastian castle.The Basques are fishing folk by ancient tradition and their most famous dishes are pintxoswhich is the local version of Spanish tapas. This can include bite sized snacks of tiger mussels,foie gras with figs, sardines and grilled baby squid. All of which will have been caughtfresh that day. Make sure you visit the main market where the fish counters are a pleasureto behold, and the fresh fruit and vegetables are mouth-wateringly good.If you believe the myth that the only Spanish dish worth eating is paella then you wouldprobably believe that the only drink worth swilling is their sangria. In both instances youwould be horribly mistaken.The Spanish are equally familiar with producing a good bottle of red and their nativeTempranillo grape is famous all around the world. Producing a full-bodied wine with fullfruit flavoured characteristics; they are perhaps one of the most food friendly wines around.It is often referred to as Spain’s noble grape and is the main varietal in Spain’s Rioja wines.Take a day trip to Rioja to visit the local cave-style wineries in Laguardia Village andlearn about their fascinating wine making process. Also, be sure to visit the Marques delRiscal wine cellar for an exquisite sampling session. This building was designed by the verysame architect that created the spectacular Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.SPAINOnce you have had your fill of San Sebastian’s exquisite flavours there is no better way tospend the rest of your time than relaxing on La Concha Beach or taking in the views fromMount Igeldo. Even though it is most famous for its cuisine, San Sebastian also happens tobe one of the most beautiful cities in all of Spain.SPAIN720 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 721

SPAINSPAINBiarritz and the French Basque CoastFor The Sun Seekers...Basque Coast & CountrysideFor The Basque Lovers...Basque culture meets Gascon chic in France’s southernmost resorts. Along the Bayof Biscay you will find the French Basque Coast which is a stunning series of luxuriousseaside towns and popular tourist resorts.Many visitors enjoy a stroll along the longest beach of the Basque Country, in Hendaia, aswell as a venture through the medieval fortified town of Hondarribia. But to us, the highlightof this excursion is the beautiful beach town of Biarritz.Biarritz is a little wild and backed by unkempt cliffs but that just adds to its unique chicshabbycharm. For centuries now it has welcomed the rich and glamorous to its goldensandy beaches and continues to combine that elegant blend of Spanish and Frenchappeal that made it ever popular.If you are into surfing then you will not find a better spot to catch the waves than Cote desBasques. It was on this beach that surfing in Europe began. Nowadays it is more popularamong longboarders but it is also ideal for beginners as the waves aren’t as powerful asthey are in other areas.Those of you that are yet to fall in love with the Basque Country, this one is for you.Combining an appealing mixture of quaint villages, fine wine and chic retreats withan abundance of greenery, those leg muscles are really going to get a workoutbecause once you start hiking you will not want to stop.Set in long stretches of rolling hillsides and clustered with picturesque mountain rangesabruptly giving way to the beautiful coast line teeming with cliffs that enclose million ofyears of Earth’s history. Wherever you choose to begin your expedition you will undoubtedlybe in for a treat.Start the day exploring the Basque mountains or even crossing the Pyrenees, enjoying theincredible panoramic views on offer and get to the coast afterwards, to stroll along mountainbacked natural beaches in Zumaia and Zarautz and feel the strong marine traditionof the Basques in the charming village of Getaria, it is probably one of the most treasuredmedieval centres which best reflects the passing of time. Other points of interest includeGuernica and Sain Jean Pied de Port and sailing tours through the glistening waters.The Bay of Biscay provides the beautiful beaches that make Basque Country a stunningsummer vacation while the fascinating artwork, scrumptious food and exquisite wine area unique treat whatever time of year you visit.722 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 723

Basque ToursSPAINBasquetours is a specialist incoming company based in San Sebastian that offers you personal assistance to create authentic experiencesin the Basque Country (Northern Spain and Southern France), with its world class attractions; the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao,food lovers reference San Sebastian, amazing wineries in La Rioja area, beautiful beaches & cliffs in Biarritz and southern France,spectacular mountains in the Pyrenees…Their aim is to create private and exclusive activities and services; from cultural and gastronomic to active tours. Customised packagesbased on your preferences and tastes, in order to discover and feel this exceptional region and its treasures, always accompanied by the bestassistants, guides and local experts who will make the difference. The most professional and knowledgeable team of native multilingual guides are atyour service to make your experience unforgettable and unique.SPAINW“www.basquetours.comT+34 652 730 475Einfo@basquetours.com724 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 725

SPAINSPAINPapa Serra – Culinary Adventures in BarcelonaPapa Serra fuses cooking classes, market tours and customised experiences that willopen more than your eyes to the gastronomic heart of the city. Anthony Bourdainfrom No Reservations described Barcelona as “the most exciting place to eat inthe Western world.”Engage all your senses as you tour the city’s best markets including the world-renowned LaBoqueria and experience the best that Spain has to offer. Enjoy artichokes from the fieldsof Andalucia, the creamiest Spanish cheeses, seafood straight from the Mediterranean,wild mushrooms from Girona’s forests, Spain’s famous Jamón Ibérico, oranges from Sevilleand almonds from the hills of Catalonia.Learn how to transform these ingredients into delicious traditional and modern Spanishdishes and enjoy the fruits of your labour with a refreshing glass of Cava – Spain’s answerto champagne or a choose from a selection of Spain’s famous wines such as Tempranillo,Garancha, Syrah and Mazuelo, and Catalan Vichy - the world’s best mineral water.Come on a culinary adventure in Barcelona and make your Spanish food dreams cometrue.726 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 727

“Engage all your senses as you tourthe city’s best markets and experiencethe best that Spain has to offer.”SPAINSPAINW www.papaserra.comTE+34 644 355 865joel@papaserra.com728 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 729

Breguet, the innovator.Invention of the shock-protection device, 1790Inspired by “subscription watches,” the Tradition 7027BR model daringlysymbolizes the Breguet art of watchmaking through a subtle play on transparencyeffects and an eminent contemporary architectural design. It Ithighlights one of Breguet’s most important inventions, the pare-chute,designed to protect the balance pivots in case of impact, it it was the forerunnerof all modern shock-absorbing devices. History is still being written...www.breguet.com/inventions730 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 731

granadaLa Carrera del DarroBarcelona is often put on the map as the home to one of the greatest football teams of all-time. Aside from sports it isalso home to one of the greatest cities and friendliest people in the world. Come to Barcelona and embark upon yourvery own Catalonian adventure.If you like your scenic walks then you will definitely love Carrera del Darro. It is one of theoldest streets in Granada and is full of authentic Spanish charm. The street dates backto the seventeenth century and many of the great buildings which stood here duringthat period still remain today.Carrera del Darro is not just about the narrow cobbled paths and typically Spanish buildings.It is also a place to relax and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. It runs between theRiver Darro and the forests of Alhambra and Almanzora, providing excellent landscapeswhatever time of day you visit.SPAINIf you visit during the evenings your journey may be graced by the presence of street musiciansjamming along. There are two brick and stone bridges along the walk which linksyou to the Churra district. Allow yourself the time to cross over and explore the chic anddilettante lifestyle held within.SPAINBeatriz PeñaJuan Antonio SalcedoOwners, Hi. Nhue ConciergeBeatriz Peña was born in Granada in1980 and she graduated from the Universityof Granada in the study of Tourism.She has lived and worked in differentparts of Spain, but the last seven yearshave been spent between Marbella,Ronda and Granada. These places areher area of influence and destinationswhere she has specialised in the maximumluxury services over the past two years.Helicopter transfers, driving private coursesfor professionals in Racing Circuit, livepainting while enjoying a horse show andFlamenco… Its great virtue transform allrequests that fall into their hands in uniqueexperiences to share and live.Juan Antonio Salcedo was born in Granadain 1972 and he graduated from theUniversity of Granada in the School ofCivil Engineering. He worked for years inthe world of construction, but their passionfor engineering and travel he wantedto take him to want to share their experienceand wisdom. He formed the part ofthe department for seven years creatingand developing specialist author Culturaltrips to Europe. For the past two years hehas worked alongside Beatriz creating aperfect tandem between exclusivity andculture in the cities where they display theirpassion.Expert Bio“La Carrera del Darro and its extension, the Paseo delos Tristes, is one of the most delightful walks todiscover an intimate Granada. With a bohemian andbucolic atmosphere and a historical tour it is consideredto be one of the most beautiful streets in Europe.”Beatriz Peña & Juan Antonio Salcedo732 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 733

SPAINSPAINAlcaiceriaArch of ElviraThe name Alcaiceria literally means either the ‘house of Caesar’ or ‘belonging toCaesar’ in recognition of the fact that Emperor Justinian, of the ancient ByzantineEmpire, granted the Moors permission to make and sell silk here.Although the original market place was destroyed by a fire in 1843, it was considered tooimportant to both trade and tourism to just let it lie and as a result the current market wasrebuilt in the space of just two years.Maintaining its links to ancient times, the Alcaiceria still preserves traces of the Arab souksalong with some memories of the bustling market activity from the Nasrid Dynasty. Whileyou will no longer find a mass collection of silk stores, Alcaiceria is still well worth a visit. Thestreet runs from Plaza Alonso Cano and is full of souvenir shops and typical bric-a-brac.The Arch of Elvira – commonly referred to as the Elvira Gate – was originally one ofthe gates in the city’s fortifications. While the walls have long been demolished, theMoorish-style archway still remains. There is evidence from a 17th century engravingthat the gate dates back to the 11th century, and a guided tour by an expertwill share all of the old tales and gruesome stories of how the gates allegedly displayedthe rotting heads of executed criminals.Try not to linger too long around the Arch of Elvira because this is not necessarily themain attraction. As you pass through the gateway, you will continue on to Calle Elvira. Itis here that you will find the life and soul of Granada with its many shops and vast array ofvibrant bars.“The Alcaiceria is one of the last Arab souks ofEurope. It is located in the centre of Granada, betweenthe Cathedral and the Zacatín Catholic Kings. In thelate nineteenth century it suffered a major fire that leftit burned to ashes. After being rebuilt in neo-Moorishstyle houses in narrow streets craft shops, traditionalitems, teas, incense, leather goods, spices.”Beatriz Peña & Juan Antonio Salcedo“The Arch of Elvira takes us back in time. Wanderthrough centuries as you pass through hidden andinviting streets. Leading up to Plaza Nueva, thenarrow streets widen to rediscover the sun and asquare full of orange.”Beatriz Peña & Juan Antonio Salcedo734 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 735

Plaza NuevaInstead of heading northbound as you pass through the Arch of Elvira, venture towardsthe south where you will arrive at the Plaza Nueva. Despite the names translation asNew Square, it is in fact the oldest square in Granada and lies between the moderncentre and the Carrera del Darro.Around the square are several important buildings such as the Royal Chancellery and theHouse of Pisa while it is also home to numerous monuments such as the Fountain of the Bullwhich features a bull in the centre spouting water and a young boy on either side. Thosewho know the history of the region may already be aware that this square was once oneof the most important centres in Granada and supposedly held bullfights in its centre.Visit the Plaza Nueva during the summer and you will be greeted with excellent terracesfrom which to observe the peaceful tranquillity of this historic region.Jewish QuarterThe Realejo was the Jewish area during the Arabic kingdom of Granada and althoughthe area has changed significantly throughout time it is still affectionatelyknown as the Jewish Quarter. In 1501, all of the churches in Granada were convertedinto Christian places of worship and many visitors are still drawn in to browsethe San Cecilio’s Church, built on an old mosque, as well as the Convent of the DiscaledCarmelitas.The neighbourhood is now a heavily populated district and its streets are vibrant with adistinctive character. Walking down the streets of Realejo, you will see numerous examplesof fascinating modernist architecture as well as the 16th century Palace of La Casa de losTiros. A trip to the most famous square, El Campe del Principe comes highly recommended.Anybody who would like to get a real flavour of Granada should definitely sample thesurrounding tapas and bars.SPAIN“El Campo del Principe is the social centre of theneighbourhood of Realejo (is the Jewish quarter of thecity). The square is bustling and cheerful; a playgroundfor people in their bars and terraces. Take the time tobook a table and enjoy a magnificent home menumagnificently prepared by the nuns.”Beatriz Peña & Juan Antonio SalcedoSPAINGranada is a city best observed at a casual pace. Take your time to explore the monumentsand attractions throughout the city while heading off-the-beaten-path to find thehidden gems along the backstreets and narrow cobbled roads.736 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 737

SPAINSPAINNhue ConciergeNhue Concierge specialises in designing unusual stays in Granada, Ronda and Marbella, along with providing services across otherSpanish cities. They know that each customer is unique; their tastes, preferences and needs. Therefore, they adapt and customiseevery trip, designing the character of its protagonists with its very own identity. They offer the opportunity to experience the destinationexclusively, personally and uniquely.Nhue Concierge are the passport to the best experiences and stays in selected cities. For the past two years, they have offeredtheir luxurious and exclusive service to the most discerning traveller: an exclusive visit to the Alhambra, private parties, unique dining experiences,practices of elite sports, private access to art collections, wine routes inaccessible to the public warehouses, workshop visits to fashion designers andhidden artisans, intimate and exclusive routes through the city, and stays on Carmenes, villas or Andalusian farmhouses.The company also design and organise unique events: exclusive weddings in Marbella and Granada, anniversaries or honeymoons and sailing tripsthrough the Mediterranean on a private yacht. Whatever experience you require, each guest will be guided through every step of their plans and willbe provided with a 24-hour telephone assistance offered on arrival.WTwww.nhueconcierge.com+34 958 281 499Einfo@nhueconcierge.com738 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 739

Jack NicklausGolf TrailSPAINSPAINJack Nicklaus Golf TrailThe ‘Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail’ is a golfing project based in theMurcia region of south-eastern Spain, all of which carries thesignature of the most accomplished golfer of all time.The complete experience allows visitors to play a round of golfat six of the most aesthetically pleasing, highly maintained,quality courses that continental Europe has to offer. Eachcourse carries the brand name of ‘Nicklaus Design’, the designfirm of Jack Nicklaus. The former American golfer commandedan unbridled winning mentality during his playing days,and he continues to possess the same mentality in his coursedesign, driving ‘Nicklaus Design’ to become a global leader.“The Golden Bear” won an unprecedented 18 major championshipsin his career, and currently has 365 courses open forplay worldwide. The six that belong to the ‘Golf Trail’ are eachlocated within a twenty-five kilometre radius of each other,allowing keen golf enthusiasts to travel from one to the nextin a golfing experience like no other.AlhamaLocated in a luscious nature reserve is this 18-hole 72 par signaturecourse. Alhama is a large and spacious course thatperfectly incorporates the surrounding untouched naturallandscape into its riveting design. Jack Nicklaus designedthe course in the second half of the last decade and the venueopened in 2009. It opened to rave reviews, being popularwith media and golfers alike. The strong praise given to thecourse culminated in its inclusion amongst ‘Golf World’ magazine’shighest rated European courses of 2011.Alhama itself carries an ‘open parkland’ layout, with asmoothly sloping surface. It is just shy of 7,000 metres long,but its strategic layout means that you cannot simply hit andhope. Each hole requires you to pick each shot carefully, orrisk being halted by its major obstacles. Scattered aroundthe course are five large lakes, a variation of bunkers andtrees that line the courses’ edge.XXX 750 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe -- Luxury Travel Guide // XXX 751

SaurinesFrom the mid 1990’s to the early 2000’s, Jack Nicklaus expandedhis course design empire to Las Vegas, which is characterisedby its location beside the Nevada dessert. Nicklaus’ threecourses in Las Vegas form the inspiration behind Saurines, thenext course in his Spanish project. Located in the Terrazas delTorre complex,Saurines is an 18-hole, 72-par course which incorporates thenatural features of its surrounding dessert into its design.Saurines compelling dessert aesthetic is visually known for itssand dunes rather than a filmic dessert scene, setting it asidefrom Nicklaus’ El Valle course. The course has a gently undulatingterrain, with greens that are surrounded by dunes andbunkers. However, Saurines trickiest obstacle comes in theform of a giant six acre lake that can be found in the centre ofholes 9 and 18.This mammoth water hazard can make even the most experiencedgolfer feel uneasy; ramping up the pressure in this trulythrilling round of golf.The courses’ close proximity to each other makes them easilyaccessible via a free shuttle bus. During your stay, why notrent or buy one of Polaris World’s readily available apartmentsand villas, which are both reasonably priced and extravagant.The properties are generally equipped with two or three bedrooms,spacious air-conditioned rooms, swimming pools andbalconies commanding excellent views of the blissful surroundings.All available properties allow for full access to each course.Each resort offers excellent hospitality, but one of the mostpopular locations is certainly the apartments at Mar Menor.Mar Menor is a gated community, exclusively offering its excellentlymaintained facilities to the many full-time residentsthat occupy the resort.The villas and apartments in this vibrant community are colourfuland unique. Other prime locations include both the resortsat El Torre and Alhama. So we suggest you settle in oneof these exquisite settings, and fully take in each course ofthis unforgettable golfing experience.SPAINSPAINEl ValleAlthough all six of these exceptional courses carries Nicklaus’name, each one is carefully planned and designed to offervariation to anyone out to fully experience ‘the trail’. Thismeans that no two courses are the same in their layout, settingor obstacles. The most striking feature that sets El Valleapart from the rest is its surroundings. The par-71 course islocated within a natural desert; form the links you will survey asparse but beautiful landscape, filled with sloping sands, rockyregions and dessert greenery. Stretching just over 6,000 metres,El Valle is smaller than other courses on ‘the trail’, requiringgreater precision and a more tactical approach.The Course’s ‘core’ layout means that it is a continuous part ofthe entire site. The challenge missing due to the lack of treesor bushes on the course, is made up by pot bunkers that arelittered throughout.The properties are generally equipped with two or three bedrooms,spacious air-conditioned rooms, swimming pools andbalconies commanding excellent views of the blissful surroundings.All available properties allow for full access to each course.Each resort offers excellent hospitality, but one of the mostpopular locations is certainly the apartments at Mar Menor.Mar Menor is a gated community, exclusively offering its excellentlymaintained facilities to the many full-time residentsthat occupy the resort. The villas and apartments in this vibrantcommunity are colourful and unique. Other prime locationsinclude both the resorts at El Torre and Alhama. So wesuggest you settle in one of these exquisite settings, and fullytake in each course of this unforgettable golfingexperience.XXX 752 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / XXX 753

ToursevillasevilleIf you are looking for a Spanish city to unwind and relax then this is it. Seville is the region’s capital and biggest city but it neverhas that big city vibe. With a combination of peaceful walks and picturesque cruises you will feel that special Andalucianway of life.Guadalquivir RiverAlthough it is 80 kilometres away from the Atlantic Coast, this stretch of water hadan important role to play. Back in the 16th century it was an important traderoute. Now, it serves its purpose as a relaxing break and tranquil tourist attractionproviding visitors and locals alike with the opportunity to cruise downstream whilsttaking in the picturesque landscape.SPAINAs you sail along the pristine waters of the Guadalquivir River you will see a large portionof the sights in Seville such as the Torre del Oro and the Maestranza bullring. You will alsopass through undulating countryside and get your fill of nature from the banks which arelined with beautiful greenery and forestation.The Guadalquivir River flows straight through Seville separating the main city from theTriana district. Your boat will go under as many as nine bridges which connect the tworegions. You will also pass by the quaint neighbourhood of Calle Betis in the Triana districtopening your eyes to the magnificent Andalusian culture.SPAINMarta CasalsExpert BioMManager, Toursevillaarta Casals was born in Seville and haslived there all her life. She has been anofficial tour guide of Seville since 2000and has a BA in History from the University ofSeville. She is fluent in English, French and Italian.After several years experience as a localguide, she created Toursevilla, a companyspecialising in cultural and private tours forgroups, individual visitors and families.Marta, passionate about meeting new peopleand enthusiasts of Seville will be pleasedto share with you the stories, the architecture,the history and the art of this unique city.“In the 16th century all the wealth and new Americanproducts came up through the river and from here theywere distributed throughout Europe. Sevilla becamethe port and the door of the Indies. Watching the riveris the Tower of Gold, built in Moorish times.”754 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 755

SPAINSPAINThe Real AlcazarSanta Maria CathedralTogether with the Seville Cathedral, the Real Alcazar has been registered as aUNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. The Real Alcazar is a beautiful palacebuilt in Moorish style by Pedro I the Cruel in the 14th century. It is one of Seville’s maintourist attractions and it is easy to see why.At the time of construction it was built as a royal palace – hence the name ‘Real’ whichtranslates as Royal, and not in any way suggesting that there is perhaps a ‘fake’ Alcazar– and the upper levels of the palace are in fact still used by the royal family as the officialSeville residence.The main attraction is the extravagant architecture, lavish gardens and luxurious roomsthat can be found throughout the grounds. However, make sure you don’t miss the opportunityto visit the room where Magellan planned his first journey around the world.As you arrive at the Santa Maria Cathedral you will likely be overcome with aweat the sheer size and grandeur of this striking building. It is the third biggest cathedralin Europe and in terms of volume it is the largest in the world. Althoughthe intricate detailing on the Door of Conception and the Door of the Princeare impressive examples of Gothic architectural design, the real gems are preserved within.The most famous attraction inside the cathedral is the large funeral monument near to themain entrance containing the body of the great explorer Christopher Columbus. DNAtests have confirmed the match using the bones of his brother Diego who was also buriedin Seville.Today this building houses an invaluable art collection. As you browse through the fascinatingcollection you will discover everything from royal relics and colourful stained glassartwork through to one of the finest altarpieces in the world courtesy of Pierre Dancart’sRetablo Mayor. Taking 44 years to complete, this masterpiece consists of 36 gilded reliefpanels depicting scenes from the Old Testament and above all New Testament.“1000 years of history can be found in a series ofpalaces and gardens at this UNESCO World Heritagesite. Sultans poets, cruel and righteous kings,powerful queens as Isabel la Catolica, intrepid sailorsas Magellan, have all walked through the halls of theAlcazar of Seville. It truly is one of the most beautifulpalaces in Europe.”756 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 757

Giralda TowerAlthough Spain is now predominantly Catholic, it is a country that has strong linksto the Islamic faith, dating back to the 1100s when the country was under Arabrule. One of the greatest gifts that the Arabs left behind can be found in Sevillewith the Giralda Tower. The Giralda is a former minaret that was converted to abell tower for the Santa Maria Cathedral.In theory it is a part of the Santa Maria Cathedral and can be accessed as part of thecathedral tour, but we felt that it was worthy of a standalone mention. During your visitmake sure you climb to the very top of the Giralda tower where you will enjoy panoramicvistas across the entire city and beyond.Jewish QuarterSeville is a melting pot of multicultural life and as a result it is not only Muslims andCatholics that have influenced this great city. You will find that the Cathedral andGiralda actually reside in the heart of Seville’s Jewish Quarter, Barrio Santa Cruz.Ever since the Jews were dispelled from Spain in 1492, the neighbourhood has undergonesignificant changes including the conversion of a former synagogue into the currentChurch of Saint Bartholomew. Yet the district is still known as the old juderia with many ofits narrow winding streets still standing. The Jewish Quarter is one of the most charmingdistricts in the whole of Seville and attracts a large number of visitors during their ventureto the Cathedral.SPAIN“The ambitious construction of Santa Maria, the Cathedralof Seville, began in 1430. It is the former site ofthe Islamic mosque, currently conserve the old minaret,better known as the Giralda. Among its attractions, thereal tomb of Christopher Columbus, whose remains aftertraveling between Spain and America for 400 yearsnow rest here.”SPAINTake a peaceful cruise along the Guadalquivir River followed by a stroll through thenarrow, winding medieval lanes of the Jewish Quarter and by the time you arrive at theSanta Maria Cathedral – you may be thinking of other church bells. The subtlety of Sevillemakes it one of the most romantic cities in Europe.758 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 759

Lemon Valley HolidaysLemon Valley Holidays was created out of a passion for Andalusia and to help the more discerning and curious traveller explorethe cultural and rural areas of this beautiful and dramatic part of Spain. At the end of their holiday each visitor will feel like theyhad an “authentic” experience, enhanced by perfectly located and welcoming hotels, meeting up with knowledgeable andfriendly local guides and using insider knowledge of the best places to visit to get a true taste of the “real” Andalusia.We all know the joy of finding a gem of a family owned hotel tucked away in a side street or a cosy local restaurant where thefood and the wine is beaten only by the charm and hospitality of the host. These are moments which create memories that willstay with you forever and Andalusia is full of them if you know where to look.Over the years Lemon Valley have built up an excellent reputation and working relationship with all of their trusted hotels. As well as workingwith small, intimate, privately owned hotels they also work with many of the larger, luxurious hotels but choose those that still focus on maintaininga feeling of intimacy and offer an equal level of personal attention as the smaller hotels.SPAIN“Andalusia has a new breed of exceptional luxuryboutique hotels set in buildings that are hundreds ofyears old. The preservation of their original featuresis paramount, making the hotel yet another piece ofunique architecture to admire. One of our hotels inCordoba even has a Roman excavation site belowthe dining room which can be seen through the glassfloor as you dine – these small details are setting thehotels in Andalusia apart from the rest of Spain.”SPAINNicola WrightAn in-depth local and specialised knowledge has proved invaluable to those who want to see what the guide books tell you and more, butalso know that Andalusia is a vast and intricate province that requires careful planning to make your way around. There is heaps of informationavailable but wading through it and finding exactly what you need can take months. Lemon Valley do not offer every possible type of activity,guided tour or excursion that you could take in Andalusia, but they do ensure that their holidays include only those activities that they know aregood, worthwhile and where the providers have shown the care, service and professionalism that we all deserve and expect.W www.lemonvalleyholidays.comT+34 951 391 413Lemon Valley are a small, family business that deals personally with each client and are available at any time for any queries or questions youhave whether you are in the planning stages, are about to leave for your trip or already in Spain.Econtact@lemonvalleyholidays.com780 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 781

All About TheCanaryIslandsSPAINThe Canary Islands are a group of seven Spanish islands situated off the coast of North-WesternAfrica. Only decades ago this territory was practically an afterthought to the mainland and wereamong some of the poorest regions of Spain. Fast-forward to the present and the region is an extremelypopular destination for sun-seekers from across Europe looking to take advantage of theislands idyllic beach resorts and quiet rural retreats.Their tropical location blesses the islands with glorious weather all year round making them a primegetaway spot during the winter. Although all seven boast beautiful beaches it is the oldest of theCanaries which steals the headlines. Fuerteventura has the longest coastline – spanning 340 kilometres– and is known for its white sand beaches and shallow, clear waters.The ever-growing popularity of this region has also resulted in a rise in luxury beachside resorts, Michelinstar restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. But even with the islands’ increasing tourism; it is still possibleto explore unspoilt areas such as their wild beaches, mountainous regions, and national parks.Fuerteventura is also notable for its dry climate, giant white sand dunes, and camels ready to givetourists a lift just a stone’s throw from the beach. One is reminded of the island’s close proximity toAfrica, especially when visiting the Dunes National Park, where the tranquillity of snaking dunes likens toa mini-Sahara.However if you do wish to explore beyond your typical paradisiacal island vacation and experiencemuch more of what the islands can offer you will find an astonishing range of diversity and landscapesunlike any other you will find in this part of the world.The islands are a volcanic establishment and boast four of the highest peaks within Spanish territory.With more than 300 volcanoes on Lanzarote alone, the scenery can be described as nothing less thanbreath-taking. Be stunned by rugged, red, Mars-like panoramas or enjoy the unfamiliarity of the black,sandy beaches along with the unique atmosphere of petrified lava which has earned the National Parkof Timanfaya and its Mountains of Fire status of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.Which ever island you decide to visit you will be spoilt with endless possibilities for relaxation while youwill never grow tired of venturing through the fascinating landscapes and gazing at incredible panoramas.The Canary Islands offers something unique and unlike anything you will find on a traditional islandparadise.SPAIN782 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 783

Combining Business &Pleasure in the Perfect LocationGran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real 5*GLwhere holidays are a lifetime experience.SPAINThere are celebratory events and there CELEBRATORY EVENTS. You canhold your wedding, birthday or special event in the same old venues at themercy of the British weather, or you can make sure sub-tropical surroundingsand clear blue skies add a ‘wow’ factor to the special occasion. The choiceis yours.10th anniversary5-star hotel is undoubtedly a favourite with all European visitors and Spanish Nationals.Since its beginnings, the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real has received numerousdistinctions that place value on the quality offered by the hotel. Coinciding with its tenthanniversary.SPAINLocated on the sugary white sands of Fuerteventura, an island lapped by turquoise waters,and bathed in glorious rays 365 days of the year, this multi-award-winning hotelboasts an unrivalled repeat guest ratio. And why? Because stylish elegance abounds;immaculate service is the norm; and a dedication to perfection is evident from the momentyou step through the doors into its opulent reception area.Check into your room to be mesmerised by the unique blend of beauty, luxury and comfort.The warm and welcoming décor and exquisite styling have been meticulously designedthroughout the hotel in order to create a spacious and elegant set-up.784 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 785

There is nothing like waking up in the morning and looking out of your window to thepleasant sight of scintillating turquoise waters and yet Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real cango one better. Enjoy relaxing on your balcony or terrace over breakfast overlooking theincredible sea-views.No less than five hotel restaurants provide a wide range of cuisine each with a differentambience for every occasion, all offering the same quality, service, creativity and dedicationto gastronomic excellence.SPAINSPAINFor a little ‘me’ time, embark on a journey of rejuvenation in the sumptuous Spa Bahi. This3,000m2 concept spa is complete with top of the range amenities including a gorgeousindoor swimming pool, complemented by sauna, steam room, solarium and Jacuzzi, as wellas a brace of outdoor pools. With a total of 17 treatment rooms it also offers a completeand exclusive health, wellness and pampering programmes for groups, as well as the possibilityof reserving the facilities for private use.The Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real ticks every box when it comes to providing the ultimatesunshine escape for individual or corporate events. Now look at your watch, in little overfour hours you, your friends and family could be there. Tempted?786 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 787

Recent AwardsAwarded by the prestigious international mark of distinction Condé Nast Johansens. Thehotel is awarded for its exclusivity and quality of services with the Award for Excellenceas the best hotel in Europe in the category of MOST EXCELLENT EUROPEAN WATER-SIDE HOTEL 2013.“BEST BEACH RESORT 2012”Awarded by the prestigious International Wellness Magazine SENSES. The hotel isawarded for its exclusivity and quality of services as the EUROPES BEST BEACH RESORT2012.“The Gran HotelAtlantis Bahia Realticks every box whenit comes to providingthe ultimate sunshineescape for individualor corporate events.”“TUI Holly 2012″Awarded by TUI and credited as one of the top 100 hotels worldwide. The TUI Holly isthe highest distinction and the most important symbol of quality for TUI Germany.“CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 2012″Winner of the Certificate of Excellence 2012 awarded by TripAdvisor as recognition bycustomers to high quality service standards of this establishment.“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ZOOVER 2012″Awarded by Zoover from the excellent travellers reviews. A tribute to the excellent qualityand service offered .SPAIN“CERTIFICATE “QUALITY SELECTION 2012”Awarded by HolidayCheck recognition by customers to quality and excellence in hotelservices and facilities.“CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 2012″SPA BAHÍA VITAL Winner of the Certificate of Excellence 2012 awarded by TripAdvisoras recognition by customers to high quality standards of the Spa Bahía Vital.SPAINW www.atlantishotels.comTE+34 928 537 153reservations.bahiareal@atlantishotels.com788 / Luxury Travel Guide - Europe Europe - Luxury Travel Guide / 789

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